Mystery of Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc Waterfall and Halong Bay

5 Days
Hanoi → Bac Kan → Cao Bang → Lang Son → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Looking for a tranquil getaway from busy city? Take a trip to Bac Kan, Cao Bang and Lang Son provinces - northeast provinces of Vietnam and you won't regret it! The trip will bring you excellent experience with a lovely trekking tour to local Tay & Nung ethnic villages, among lush and evergreen lake and nature. Moreover, you will get overwhelmed by the overlooking the rice fields and the limestone karsts. Don't miss the valuable chance to explore the local life when choosing home-stay as your accommodation option. You will have time to spend most of time to meet the locals, taste their delicious cuisine and share culture stories with them!


  •  Fresh getaway from busy modern life;
  • Get along with the authentic local life in the northern Vietnam;
  • Refresh yourself among nature visting Ban Gioc Waterfalls - one of VIetnam's most impressive natural sights;
  • Explore special and unique place with rich nature: Stunning waterfall, amazing Nguom Ngao cave, Ba Be lake, Puong grotto, Sung Sot cave, etc;
  • Know local culture in the atmosphere of rural Vietnam: trek to ethnic Tay & Nung ethnic villages, stay in stilt homes, visit local markets;
  • Enjoy scrumptious meals made by warm homestay host;
  • Do cruising in Halong Bay - The World Natural Heritage Site.
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Day 1: Hanoi- Ba Be

Activities: Drive from Hanoi to Ba Be, Visit a Tay ethnic Village, boat ride on Ba Be Lake

Our driver and tour guide will pick you up in the early morning at your hotel in Hanoi and begin your journey through North-Eastern Vietnam. The drive to the national park Is roughly 230 kilometres long, and on the way we will make a stop in a local Tay village, where you will get to spend some time learning about their traditions and rice farming. Once you arrive in Ba Be National Park, you will board a boat and head down the Nang River as it winds through wild and rugged landscapes before reaching Puong Grotto, where you can marvel at the impressive stalagmites and stalactites found within. Afterwards, you will continue along the river until you reach Ba Be Lake itself. Here you will get to visit Widow Island (named for the local legend regarding the lake) and those who wish can go for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. You will end the day in Coc Toc Village, inhabited by the Tay ethnic minority, where you will spend the night in Mr Linh’s Homestay.

Meals:  Dinner
Accomodation:  Homestay in Bac Kan
Day 2: Ba Be- Quang Uyen

Activities:  Drive from Ba Be to Quang Uyen in Cao Bang province, Visit Hua Ma cave 

After breakfast with your host family, your journey today will start with a visit to Hua Ma, a dry cave with thousands of amazing stalactites, followed by a drive around Ba Be Lake. Then as you cross through rainforest leaving Ba Be, you will stop for lunch in Cho Ra Town, before continuing on to Quang Uyen, a district inhabited primarily by Nung ethnic minority communities. Due to their isolation and the remote nature of the district, their centuries old traditions and culture remains recognizably distinct from other minorities in Vietnam. This remoteness and traditional simplicity is what makes Quang Uyen so appealing, and you will be able to experience this first-hand as you will stay overnight at a homestay in the village. Dinner with the local family.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Accomodation:  Homestay in Quang Uyen
Day 3: Quang Uyen- Lang Son

Activities:  Visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave and local market 

The third day is likely to be your highlight of the tour, as we take you to one of the most incredible natural wonders in Northern Vietnam: Ban Gioc Waterfall. This breath-taking 300-metre wide cascade sits right on the border between China and Vietnam, amidst a beautiful mountainous landscape. While you’re here you can spend your time relaxing in the glow of the natural beauty, take some amazing photos, and board a bamboo boat that will take you so close to the falls you’ll feel the spray on your face, practically sitting at the very edge of Vietnam, so close to China that you can actually touch it. After enjoying the waterfall, you will venture deep underground into the magical Nguom Ngao Cave to discover the rock formations which have been carved by erosion over millennia, before heading to a local market where local people from across the region come to buy and sell locally produced products, as well as socialize with people from other communities. You will then hike to Phat Tich Temple which as well as giving great insight into local beliefs, offers unrivalled views of Ban Gioc Waterfall with China in the background. Rounding out the day, you will then travel to Lang Son where you will spend the night in a Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Accomodation:  Hotel in Lang Son
Day 4: Lang Son- Ha Long Bay

Activities:  Transfer from Lang Son to Ha Long, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay overnight on cruise 

07.30 AM: The driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 4 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 
You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, you will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.
Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation:  Overnight Cruise
Day 5: Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi

Activities:  Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay, Drive back to Hanoi

You will continue our journey on Halong Bay in the early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on a cruise. 

Sitting on the upper deck; you can relaxsight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

After breakfast, you will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next, keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life. 

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

You leave the boat around 11:30 at noon, you go ashore and transfer back to Noi Bai airport for your onward flight.

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Meals:  Breakfast, Brunch
Accomodation:  NA



 Meals: 04  breakfasts, 04 lunches;  04 dinners

  Domestic; International in/out flights;

 Accommodation: Hotel( 03 nights);  Cruise( 01 night)

Personal expenses, tips and gratuities for guides and drivers;

 Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles;

 Early check-in and late check-out surcharges at accommodations;

 Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

  Visa or Passport Fees

  Travel Insurance.

 Single supplement surcharges; Weekend surcharges: Friday, Saturday (If required);

 Local English-speaking guides;

 Peak season surcharges;

 Water on coach per tour day

 Other services not mentioned above